Saint James Students Create Prize-Winning Polish Nativity Scenes

This past weekend, Saint James School 6th graders (and some 7th graders) entered the beautiful Polish Nativity Castles (“Szopka”) they have been working on for their religion studies into a contest sponsored by the Polish Cultural Club in Hartford.  Students, with much guidance from middle school teacher Ms. Oleasz, put a lot of time and effort into making these beautiful palaces depicting the Holy Family and Baby Jesus.

We are excited to announce that Saint James students won first, second, and third place as well as six honorable mentions!  Congratulations to all the students on their beautiful creations and many thanks to Ms. Oleasz for her time and dedication to this project.

Please be sure to visit the St. James Church hall following all masses this weekend to view these beautiful creations. The winners are as follows:

1st Place:  7th graders Angela Gerard & Hannah Trybulski

1st Place







2nd Place:  6th graders Rachel Donnelly & Alexis Jablonecki

Tie for 3rd Place:  6th graders Peyton Carpenter & Conor Bernier;  Michael Reilly & Thomas Melia

Honorable Mentions went to: Kevin Zaluda;  Nick Guenther, Matt Bulger & AJ Bushnell;  Ajay Ganesh & Sam Famiglietti;  Catharine Marek & Emma St. Jean; Lillian Bluestein;  Soraya Chanterelle & Alice Tyszka.

Below are additional pictures of SJS students with their castles (click to view whole image)

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Update From Mrs. Zorger

Dear Families,

The Saint James School administration is working diligently to prepare our school for the 2021-2022 school year.  Our Return to In-Person Instruction Committee met last week to review recent guidance from the State Department of Education, State Department of Public Health, and the Archdiocese of Hartford.

In reviewing the preliminary information from these sources, it does appear that many of the protocols put in place this past year (2020-2021 school year) will continue to be with us in the fall.  Of notable exception is that we will NOT be offering a remote learning option as the new year kicks off. Instead we will require all students be back in the school building. Some of the procedures that will remain in place are as follows:

* Four separate entrances for grade K-8 students to enter the building depending on their classroom location (details will be forthcoming later in the summer but they will remain the same as last year).  There will be separate entrances for Pre-Kindergarten cohorts as well.

* K-8 students will report directly to their classroom upon arrival (7:30am – 7:50am) if they are not using before-school care.

* Using updated spacing guidance, desks will be spaced throughout the classroom area to maintain at least a 3-foot distance between students.

* Frequent handwashing and sanitizing are key to preventing the spread of Covid as well as other viruses and illnesses. Students will continue to frequently sanitize and wash their hands while at school.

* Ventilation protocol will be followed along with utilizing the customized filtration systems installed last year in each classroom.

* A rotating schedule is being established to allow each full grade (grades 1 through 8) to eat lunch in the cafeteria together at the same time. To allow appropriate distancing and ensure all students eat at a reasonable time, alternate grades will have their lunch in the classroom during that same time. Hot lunch will still be available to students in grades 1 through 8 when they are scheduled to eat in their classroom.

* Saint James School’s maintenance staff and cleaning contractors will thoroughly clean and disinfect all high traffic areas of the school – including bathrooms and stairwell banisters – at least twice a day. Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned each day after dismissal.

* Afternoon dismissal for K-8 students being picked up at 2:05pm will continue to be held outside in the main school parking lot.  Pre-Kindergarten students will be dismissed from their assigned entryway.

* Extended day students will be placed in assigned cohorts based on their grade.


We still do not have clear guidance on mask protocol.  As was the case this past year, our priority will continue to be the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff along with keeping our students moving forward academically, socially, and spiritually inside our school building.

Thank you again for your continued commitment to the Saint James School community and entrusting us with the education of your children as we navigate and meet the challenges of the 2021-2022 school year together.

“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5

God’s Blessings,

Bridget Zorger

Calendar for 2021-2022

Please use this updated one page calendar for the 2021-2022 school year (days off and early dismissal days have not changed from the prior version).

2020-2021 One Page Calendar updated 7-26


September 1 Classroom Visit Reminder

On Wednesday, September 1st between the hours of 8:30am and 12:00pm, parents and students are invited to stop by the school to visit the classrooms, meet the homeroom teachers, and drop-off school supplies.  Mrs. Guenther will be available at the main entrance of the K-8 building to help families find their child’s classroom if needed and our school nurse, Mrs. Vignati, will be in her office to accept medications for students.

We look forward to seeing you!

K-8 Online Supply Ordering Reminder & Deadline

Remember to place your order by August 13th to ensure your supplies arrive in time for school.

This summer you again have the option to order your child’s school supplies online and have them delivered directly to your home! In addition, Saint James School receives a percentage of every sale – convenience for you and a great way to support SJS! Plus, if you already have supplies left over from prior years, you can choose not to include those in your purchase. Visit the School Toolbox Website (click to access) and type in St. James School Manchester, CT in the search box.  HERE IS A PRINTABLE FLYER


2021-2022 School Supplies List Grades K-5

2021-2022 School Supplies List Grades 6-8

Saint James School Foundation Golf Tournament Reminder

Dear Friends of St James School,

The Saint James School Foundation Golf Committee is looking forward to its 27th St. James School Foundation Golf Event.  The Tournament will be held on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at the Manchester Country Club with an 11:30 am registration/lunch, then Shotgun start at 12:30 pm (scramble format). The Dinner and Live Auction program will be held outside like last year under the beautiful new Seasonal Tent adjacent to the Clubhouse.

For this year’s event you can register your Foursome/Sponsorship online at or by regular US Mail.  The Foundations’ Golf Brochure can be found HERE.

All the best,

Bill Creamer
SJSF President

Reminder: SJS Spiritwear

Show your school spirit and support SJS with Saint James School Spiritwear! 

Please note that the Navy shorts, Navy Sweatpants, and Navy Sweatshirts (only) MAY be worn to school on Gym day (for grades K – 8).  The Gray t-shirt required for gym day, however, must be from Lands’ End or Dennis Uniform company.

If your student(s) will be running Cross Country this fall (open to Grades 5-8), the below link also includes optional SJS Cross Country Spiritwear.

Products – Saint James School (

Orders must be placed by August 8th and will be available for pick-up at SJS shortly before the start of school (we will send an email when items are in).  There is an additional fee if you would like items shipped directly to your home.

A portion of each sale will be donated back to SJS.

Please direct any questions to Amy Guenther at

Lands’ End Sale

Attention K-8 Families: Lands’ End is offering up to 35% off uniform items from July 22nd – July 28th with code: LEARN and Pin: 5117 (enter at checkout).

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Please remember monogramed uniform items could take up to 3 weeks to ship in August so be sure to order items well in advance of the 1st day!

Last Call: Extended Day Program Reminder

As a reminder, families must complete a NEW Extended Day registration and emergency contact form for each new school year.  Students will not be permitted to attend before care/after care when school resumes in September if your family has not summitted the required 2021-2022 paperwork.

If you will be using the Extended Day program for the 2021-2022 school year and have not already done so, please submit the necessary forms to the school by August 1.

If you are unsure if you have submitted paperwork for this coming school year, please reach out to our Extended Day program director, Ms. Jean, at

Extended Day Registration Form 2021-2022

Extended Day Emergency Contact From 2021-2022

Lands’ End Sale

Lands’ End is offering up to 30% off uniform items through Wednesday, June 30th using CODE: STARS and PIN: 1776.

Staffing Update

In case our current families didn’t get a chance to watch the last day of school wrap-up video from Mrs. Zorger (and to inform our new SJS families as well), we are excited to announce that Mrs. Jessica Fitzgerald has accepted the position of Pre-Kindergarten Director/4-Year-Old Program Teacher here at Saint James School for the upcoming school year.  Mrs. Fitzgerald has taught 1st grade at Saint James for the past 5 years and prior to that, served as the head teacher for another preschool program in town.

Mrs. Fitzgerald is a graduate of Assumption Elementary/Middle School, East Catholic High School, and the University of Connecticut – where she received her degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Development and Education.  Mrs. Fitzgerald also holds a Master’s of Education Degree from the University of Hartford and is certified through the State of Connecticut to teach Integrated Early Childhood in addition to the lower Elementary Grades.  Please join us on congratulating Mrs. Fitzgerald on her new role of working with our littlest Sabers.

Mrs. St. Jean, who has been graciously doing double duty this year as a 2nd Grade teacher along with her Pre-K Director duties, has enjoyed being back in her former 2nd grade classroom and will continue to teach 2nd grade alongside Mrs. LaMarche for the upcoming year.

We are currently interviewing to fill the 1st grade teacher position and will share updates as the summer progresses.

In addition, Mr. Lucey (our general music teacher) has decided to pursue an opportunity outside of SJS.  Mr. Corcoran (of Future Musicians, Inc.) is currently interviewing to fill that role.